Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

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Chelsea Oklahoma was named after Chelsea, England by Charles Peach who was a railroad official that was a native of that city.

In 1881, Chelsea began as a stop on the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

A Chelsea post office was established in November 1882, and the town was incorporated under the law of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, in 1889. The United States Townsite Commission surveyed and platted Chelsea in 1902.

The Bank of Chelsea, the first state bank in Indian Territory, began operation in March 1896 and is still around today as the Bank of Commerce located down Chelsea's main street.

The town economy began with farming and ranching. Important farm products were oats, corn, wheat and pecans. Chelsea thrived as a community due to this and main street began to take shape. During the early 1900s brick streets were laid in the shape of a spoked wheel, with downtown Chelsea as the hub and are still there today.

The first oil well in Oklahoma is in Chelsea and was discovered southwest of the city in 1889.

Today Chelsea has a population of 1,964 residents. Chelsea High School, is a 2A School with Grades K-12. In 1998 the Chelsea High School boys track team won the state championship. In 2007 the Chelsea High School Varsity cheerleading squad won the state championship. Also in 2007 the Chelsea High School Softball team won state championship. In 2013, the Chelsea Academic team won the 3A State Championship. Chelsea is also known for its FFA organization.

Local properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are the Hogue House (NR 82001498) and the Chelsea Hotel (NR 04000525).

Ralph Terry, who pitched for the New York Yankees (1956–57, 1959–64) and for three other major league baseball teams went to Chelsea High School.

Clem McSpadden U.S. Representative, Oklahoma State Senator, and award-winning rodeo announcer Clem McSpadden was also Chelsea resident.